Rainy Friday and Product Review

What happened to this?

Sunny Lemons

Blue skies and a gratuitous picture of our lemon (no, not lime) tree.

From clear skies and lunch outside on the porch.


To cold, dreary and damp.

Last night when I got home from work the weather was exactly that, so I huddled under a blanket on the bed and let Dan know that a walk would not be happening, no way no how.  He had some errant work stuff to deal with, so I snuggled under the blanket on our bed and channel surfed until dinner time.

I ran to Trader Joe’s this weekend while Dan was working, which is an out of the ordinary trip for me.  As much as I want to fawn and love over their store, I’m not a fan of their pre-packaged products , which seem to be the core part of their store.  On a ridiculous lack of self control note, I also stay away because I spend much more money there than I would during any other normal grocery trip.

I was, however, pleasantly surprised at some of the deals I got last week, including frozen fruit and produce, which may make it a trip worth taking every once in a while.  I also picked up a frozen meal from them, the True Thai Pad See Ew.  At 130 calories per 3/4 cup, I figured it would be a great meal to have on hand and bulk up with vegetables and maybe some light protein (tofu or shrimp).  Of course, it would have been more valuable for me to look at the “Servings Per Container” information because I probably would have realized that even 2 servings of this meal wouldn’t be enough to fill me up.

I wouldn’t really recommend this product for 2 reasons.  (1) It wasn’t all that tasty and (2) it’s not nearly enough bang for your buck.  I ended up eating the ENTIRE frozen entree by myself, even after adding broccoli and a few small shrimp to my meal.  Just not worth it.

Pad See Ew

Dan and I finished the night out with some Thursday night TV (gosh I love Parks and Rec more with every episode that airs) and called it a relatively quiet night.

When I woke up this morning the sun was still no where to be found and I could hear the rain pitter pattering on the ground.

Grey Skies

I don’t know how I got out of bed this morning (actually, yes I do–Dan kicked me out) but I was able to get up and complete a workout before work this morning!  On a rainy day too!

Now, only a workday stands between myself, the weekend, and Wedding Dress Shopping!!!!!!

Happy Weekend y’all!!!


What We’re Eating

Thursday night.  So close to the weekend, what a tease.  I enjoy spending Thursday nights meal planning because I can usually wrangle Dan to go to the grocery store on Friday since he’s able to work from home in the morning and has the afternoons free.

Although I actually enjoy the act of food shopping (save for an abandoned cart in Wegman’s last weekend), it’s nice that Dan gets it out of the way for us before the weekend so we can just focus on the time we have together.

So I sat last night just me myself and I, with a glass of wine, my ever present Camelback and a comforting candle and made up our menu for this week.


Here’s what we’re eating:

Friday: Out (Dinner Party at a Friend’s House)

Saturday: Seared Scallops, Butternut Squash Risotto

Sunday: Out (Birthday Dinner for my Dad)

Monday: Tempeh Tacos 

Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Wednesday: Wild Rice and Cranberry Soup

Thursday: Turkey Burger and Fries for Dan, Baked Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli and Roasted Potatoes for me.

So that’s our plan for the week!  I always have Dan pick up a frozen pizza he likes (cheaper than takeout) in case something goes awry, but generally we’ve been really sticking to our meals plans and curbing our enthusiasm for ordering.

I’m planning on making a batch of Mujaddarrah for lunches throughout the week, Dan has leftovers and I’ve been craving savory oats for breakfast so I feel pretty confident that I can satisfy our cravings and stick to a budget.

Happy Weekend!

Making It Work

Committing to getting healthy, that first step, can be the absolute hardest.  I’m the queen of tomorrow, Monday and later.  I can do anything tomorrow.  Tomorrow morning I’ll wake up and go to the gym, Monday I’ll start eating better, just let me get through this week and then I’ll focus.  I had those excuses and a million more.

Then yesterday, I declared that it was time.  That today is tomorrow, and Monday is not a special magic day for weight loss to begin.  So instead of waiting until tomorrow (which would technically be today), I logged my food and dragged myself to the gym last night after work.  (Only done after a HUGE internal debate about the fact that I could always go tomorrow morning (today)).

A sweet note from Dan helped my mood and motivation.

Of course, as it always goes, once I actually made it to the gym, my attitude changed.  I was there and was going to make the most of it.  So I worked out and came home feeling much better than if I had just started tomorrow.

I spent some time with this beauty.

And this one too.

Generally whenever Dan is either eating dinner late or not home for dinner, I use it as a wild excuse to order food not only in excess, but poor quality as well.  Although I think it’s great to occasionally treat yourself, our “occasional” was becoming habitual, a practice that I’ve noted was not good for our weight or our bank account.   So an in effort to change my habits, I threw together a fun comfy dinner at home.

I tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, something that I stayed away from this summer, either by factor of having no time, or sheer laziness.   Last night I changed that.

I cooked and prepped some food for today.  There’s absolutely a sense of accomplishment that comes with creating healthy meals in your own kitchen.  (Although my meal was a little carb heavy, in the end it was a MUCH better choice than what I was contemplating.)

I settled in for the night, proud of my accomplishments and ate my warm bowl of carbs on the couch while watching The Real Housewives of New York (Reunion, Part II) and Married to Jonas (so ashamed I love that show).  I hit the hay early and Chance and Pumpkin kept me comfy and cozy all night.

This morning I threw some carrots, celery, onions, garlic, broth, salt and chopped tomatoes in the crockpot to simmer into a sauce while I’m at work.

(French Vanilla Creamer, Coffee and Wine not included!)

Turkey meatballs are on the menu for Dan tonight and Ill be enjoying Lentil “Meat”balls with my dinner.  Hoping they turn out yummy, if so I’ll have a recipe to share tomorrow.

Off to work and get in a run or the gym later today.  Have a Happy Wednesday!